CNN PRODUCER NOTE VikingFour says shooting firearms has made him more profoundly aware of how powerful and devastating the impact of a bullet can be. "It terrifies me to think that some people use powerful weapons on animals and humans. Anyone who sees what a bullet can do must understand how horribly powerful the larger calibers are," he says. Having shot for years, he says he now primarily carries guns for protection when he goes to film bears. "I did shoot competitively at one time, even volunteered as a range officer, but I am fervently anti-hunting. I am pro-gun control, pro-restriction, and believe that large capacity magazines and Teflon bullets should be outlawed. I also believe a 'bullet registry' should be established," he says. "While I'd love to see all guns destroyed, I'd be reluctant to volunteer mine first ... I won't take the chance to be the first if there's a chance some of the thugs might still keep theirs. I firmly believe many fewer crimes of spontaneity or impulse would occur if there were fewer guns. But I recognize I am being unrealistic and idealistic. It takes a societal change to get rid of the gun fanatic mentality anywhere in this world, and that kind of a change is not possible as long as the notion of 'freedom' is associated with gun ownership."
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- Anika3, CNN iReport producer